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New Series Highlights Great Innovations

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CET and ThinkTV16 are premiering a new six-part series next week as part of Science Wednesday – How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson. This new program premieres with the episode “Clean” at 9pm Wednesday, Oct. 15, followed by “Time” at 10pm on both stations. The subsequent four episodes will air on consecutive Wednesdays at 10pm.


The series looks at the little-known stories of the men and women who came up with revolutionary innovations that have had far reaching consequences beyond their original intent and play a role in just about every aspect of our daily lives.


Here’s some information about each episode:



Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 9pm on CET and ThinkTV16

Dirty water has killed more humans than all the wars of history combined, but in the last 150 years, a series of radical ideas and extraordinary innovations have changed our world. This isn’t only about the world becoming a cleaner place — the iPhone, the subway, flat screen TVs and even the two piece swimsuit are the result of the valiant efforts of the unsung heroes of clean.



Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 10pm on CET and ThinkTV16

Board a submarine with Steven Johnson to discover what a lack of natural light means for a sailor’s working day and visit Heathrow, the world’s busiest airport, to try to get timings right at air traffic control. The story of getting a grip on time is full of curious garage tinkerers.



Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 10pm on CET and ThinkTV16

Join Steven Johnson and consider how the invention of the mirror spurred on the Renaissance, how glass lenses allow us to reveal worlds within worlds and how, deep beneath the ocean, glass is essential to communication. The link between the worlds of art, science, astronomy, disease prevention and global communication starts with the little-known maverick innovators of glass.



Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 10pm on CET and ThinkTV16

Steven Johnson relates the story of people who take us out of the dark and into the light. Whether, altering the world’s sleeping patterns, giving rise to mass spectator sports, revolutionizing how global business is done or triggering one of the great social reforms in American history, the pioneers of light have made themselves indispensable throughout human history.



Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 10pm on CET and ThinkTV16

Steven Johnson explains how ice entrepreneur Frederic Tudor made ice delivery one of the biggest export businesses in the U.S. and describes the place where Clarence Birdseye, the father of the frozen food industry, experienced his eureka moment. From IVF to food, politics and Hollywood to human migration, the unsung heroes of cold have led the way. 



Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 10pm on CET and ThinkTV16

Imagine a world without the power to capture or transmit sound. Journey with Steven Johnson to the Arcy sur Cure caves in northern France, where he finds the first traces of the desire to record sound — 30,000 years ago. He also learns about the difference that radio made in the civil rights movement and reveals the Hollywood star who designed a WW2 weapon that would make possible the modern cell phone network.


Watch a clip about the process behind great ideas: